Nostalgia Corner

Every so often I come across old ship/port pictures of the Solent area, and as there are a few older people like me who look at this site, from time to time I will post an old picture here. If you have any old historical maritime pictures in the Solent area, please post them here.


  1. Christmas Puzzle : I have been contacted by one of the researchers at the Iziko Maritime Centre in Cape Town, regarding this image of a ship anchored in Southampton Water, with Netley Hospital in the background. There is no information on when it was taken. Can anyone shed any light on what ship it is – suggestion was that it could be from the MacAndrews fleet. I’ve had a look, but drawn a blank – anyone got any ideas?

  2. With all the wind around reminded me of the grounding of Sam G.
    SAM G. driven ashore at Hamble Point by the “Great Storm” 15/16 October 1987
    Built 1961 by Nobiskrug as Helene Russ
    Renamed:1972 Manaure,1978 Tynemouth,1979 Sam G.
    Broken up: Bilbao 6/1989
    Owner: Marine Holdings Ltd, Lineas Maritim
    GRT 1462, DWT 2104
    Length 93, beam 12 metre
    Single screw diesel 13.5 kts

    • Good to see the SAM G again. I was in Hamble the morning after “the storm” and just popped down to the foreshore, only to find her aground!
      Later in 1987, she was reported renamed CLIPPER 1 by British Clippers Ltd, as part of a proposal by Chay Blythe to convert her into a barque exhibition ship to tour the World with British goods. Never happened and about May 1989 she was reported sold to Pounds, before being towed to the Spanish breakers, arriving 4/6/89.

  3. Cowes Ketch “Ceres”. She was built by John White’s Yard at Cowes in 1869 For J.W. Sutton of St. Dennys. For use in the grain trade then flourishing from Poole & the Channel Islands. On her maiden voyage she ran ashore on Kimmeridge ledge off St. Albans head & was badely holed. A crew from Hamble salved her & she was fitted with a crab well, spending the rest of her life as in the fishing trade. She often made twenty trips Westward each summer, besides voyaging to Ireland & Norway & carrying oysters from Whitstable. In the winter she sometimes dredged for oysters in the North sea. She ended her days as a hulk on the mud banks at Hamble.

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